Trails and Terrain

Tour Guide: A Beginner’s Day on the Mountain

Mar. 4, 2014

vail_overeasy_meghangruszynskiNew to skiing or snowboarding and visiting Vail for the first time? The mountain’s size can initially be intimidating, and while the ski runs are a bit (or much) longer than what one would encounter at other ski areas, there are plenty of runs where beginners can cruise along comfortably, enjoying views and groomed terrain while exploring different areas.

Here is an example mountain tour for the beginner level skier or snowboarder. Follow each step below over one full day or several days. The outline below will give you an enjoyable cruise as well as picturesque views of the entire frontside of the mountain.

Read on to find out where to go!

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Video: Behind the Scenes of Vail Grooming

Feb. 17, 2014

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Jump inside the cat and learn about the operation that grooms over 1000 acres nightly. This video combines info about Vail’s grooming machines (called snow cats), the operators, and new technology with beautiful time lapse photography. 

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An Intermediate Skier’s Guide To Vail

Jan. 22, 2014

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With nearly 5,300 acres of world-class skiing and snowboarding terrain, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with a day or eight at Vail. But for intermediate skiers – those who enjoy mostly green, blue and some black runs – the size of the mountain offers a giant learning environment with dozens of runs to develop skills and gain confidence while working up to the steeps, deeps and bumps of Vail’s vast terrain.

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Opening Mountain Top Express Lift (#4)!

Nov. 27, 2013

Vail Lift UpgradesMountain Top Express Lift (#4) got a major upgrade this summer, converting it from a 4-passenger to a 6-passenger high speed chair. With these great early season conditions, we were able to open it for the 2013-14 ski season this morning, bringing us to over 650 skiable acres here at Vail with more terrain opening every day.

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Vail Opening Day 2013

Nov. 19, 2013

Pics and video of Vail Opening 2013

Vail opened for the season Friday, Nov. 22! With a mix of great early season snowfall, colder temperatures and the hard work of our mountain operations crews, we were able to open both the Lionshead and Vail Village base areas for opening day 2013. Pics and video of the day below!

11/23/2013: TERRAIN UPDATE

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Thanksgiving week in Vail

Nov. 15, 2013

November skiing Vail

Time to head outside after feasting on Thanksgiving! This year, we are happy to have a full plate of activities available at Adventure Ridge.  Read on for details about mountaintop activitites, terrain updates, Ski and Snowboard School openings, and on mountain dining options!

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Hiking & skinning Vail Mountain: a message from USFS and Ski Patrol

Nov. 14, 2013

Information for hiking and skinning up Vail MountainAs opening day approaches Nov. 22, more and more people are strapping on their skins and snowshoes and heading up the mountain. Your cooperation with Vail Ski Patrol and U.S. Forest Service’s guidelines for safely skinning and hiking up Vail Mountain are what make the opportunity possible.

Update 11/14/13: There will be a public meeting at the Minturn Holy Cross Ranger Station Weds, Nov 20th, read on for more info.

A few key pointers for early season:

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